For our Anniversary Week edition of $1 off Wisco Beers, it seemed natural to choose Working Draft Beer Company, a Madison brewery which opened not long after we did. We love their vision which focuses on how craft beer brings people together and invites us to think about what we drink. We love their vision which focuses on how craft beer brings people together and invites us to think about what we drink. This idea is near and dear to us, and a big part of the concept behind Longtable.
Working Draft has put a focus on lagers, and we will have two of their sessionable brews on tap:
Tracksuit Riot (Czech -Style Dark Lager): Czech style lagers are having a moment, especially the unsung sub-style of czech dark lagers. Working Draft’s is brewed with Floor Malted Bohemian Dark malt, Caramel malts and De-Bittered Black malt for moderate roasty notes of coffee and dark chocolate with ample bready undertones. A generous amount of Czech Saaz were layered into the two hour boil, giving sharp spicy/floral notes that both compliment and amplify the malt characteristics.
Guten Morgen (Coffee Maple German-Style Schwarzbier): This is a unique take on a schwarzbier, a light dark lager, with an added twist of Coffee and Maple, the perfect breakfast beer! Brewed with Pilsner, Munich and Roasted malts for a dry and pleasant roasty base. Rusty Dog’s East Timor Laclo coffee and natural maple flavoring pairs beautifully with the base beer for a perfect balance of roast coffee and sweet maple.
One of our favorite beer travel memories came about thanks to a swingset and a guard donkey. So we have long had a soft spot for Brasserie Fantôme after our visit to this small Belgian brewery deep in the Ardennes forest. As a very special anniversary treat, we will celebrate the day with Fantôme and Cantillon bottle pours, as well as Fantôme on tap! >> Yes, you read it right. We will have flagship Fantôme Saison on tap! Even Brasserie V never had this special saison on tap. Owned and run by Dany Prignon, Fantôme is known for its unique variations on the saison style of farmhouse ale, often involving the use of herbs, spices or fruit. Dany’s brews have been described as quirky but always interesting, and a true experience in Belgian creativity. If you are a saison fan, this is not to be missed.
In addition, Matt will be opening some rare bottles of Cantillon Fou’ Foune and Sang Bleu, as well as Fantôme Blondinette de Printemps.Cantillon is a small Belgian traditional family brewery based in Anderlecht, Brussels. Founded in 1900, they exclusively offer lambic beers, spontaneously fermented in an open-topped coolship, then aged one to three years in oak barrels before being blended and bottled.
Fou ‘Foune is a blend of lambics aged 18-20 months, made of apricots. Sang Bleu is a fruited blend with Camerise berries in small quantities. These blue berries are slightly sweet with a beautiful acidity, and make a blood-red beer – hence the name Sang Bleu. If you are a lambic fan, these beers will be an awesome treat.
We’re also bringing back a twist on a favorite sausage. Straight Forward Farm Lamb Merguez, topped with sauteed brussels sprouts and bacon shallot vinaigrette, served on a Clasen’s bun.Chef Erik has curated two awesome boards, perfect for sharing.
The Anniversary Board includes award-winning artisan products and local produce from some of our favorite makers and growers:
The Dessert Board includes a frosted pumpkin bar, chocolate mousse and two Wonder Cookies – salted chocolate chip and maple pecan